How to use Archers effectively

Let’s talk about Archers today! I am going to show you some great tips on using them and you will easily see why Archers are very popular at the moment.

Clash Royale Archers

Clash Royale Archers and How to use them

Summary

  • Archers are unlocked from the Training Camp Tutorial.
  • This card spawns two medium-ranged and single-target Archers. They have medium HP and pretty low damage.
Hit speedDeploy timeRangeTargetCostSummons
1.21 second5.5Air and Ground3x2
LevelHPDamageDPS
11254134
21374537
31514940
41665445
51825949
62006554
72207260
82417965
92658671
102919579
1132010486
1235111293
13386123102

Changelogs

    • 24/8/2016: Damage increased by 2%

Strategy

First, let’s take a look and see some ideal counters to the Archers at the moment.

  • The Log/Zap/Arrows leave Archers with a sliver of HP.
  • Fireball: 1 hit Archers of course but only use Fireball If you can hit the Tower and other troops as well.
  • Ice Spirit: Tower will finish them off one by one.
  • Fire Spirits, Goblins, Guards, Princess, Mega Minion, Bomber, Knight.

Bait Strategy

Although Archers are not really good at baiting out spells but they still come in handy. I usually use Archers to bait out Log so I can use the Princess later safely but only before my opponent is aware that I have the Princess.

Sometimes Archers are also very good at baiting out Fireball/Arrows when they are next to Crown Tower/Elixir Collector.

On offense

Beatdown Decks

With only 3 Elixir, you will get one of the best support cards at the moment. When I play Archers on offense, I usually place the tank at the bank and then place the Archers down once it is about to reach the bridge. They will real tons of damage while your tank is soaking damage.

As a cheap support cards, Archers are pretty tanky as they survive Zap, Log and Arrows.

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Be careful If your opponents attempt to kill your Archers! If they are one of your main damage dealers, back them up with some cheap cards:

  • Log
  • Zap
  • Fire Spirits/Ice Spirits: Watch out Log!
  • 3 Minions: Don’t clump them together otherwise your opponent will Fireball them all. I usually place Minions at the middle in this situation.
  • Mega Minion.

Cycle Decks

At the moment, I usually put Archers in my Miner/Hog Rider cycle decks. For just 3 Eiixir, they are super efficient.

Why playing Miner decks, I usually place Archers at the back to build up Elixir for a push. Once they are about to cross the river, I send the Miner to soak damage for them.
When you want to rush a bit, place Archers at the bridge then send Miner immediately (since Archers are pretty slow).

It’s pretty similar strategy with Hog Rider cycle decks. Place Hog Rider in front of the Archers to tank for them.

On defense

Archers are so good on defense. While Archers are defending, the only card which can kill them for an effective trade is the Fireball. In the current meta game, they are extremely useful against decks using Lightning.

I usually place Archers at the middle to pull and attack opponent’s troops. In the middle, they are safe from being hit by Fireball:

archers placement

If I also play a defensive building to pull the opponent’s tanker from his supports, I will usually place the Archers next to the Crown Tower, as you can see in the screenshot below. Also, most of my opponents don’t usually use Fireball on the Archers after sending a big push since it’s too expensive.

archers-placement-2

Split Tech

This is my favorite part. Since Archers are 2 separate units, you can create lots of effective strategies with them! Below are the two most popular ones;

  • Place them right behind the King’s Tower to prevent your opponent from easily rushing you.
  • Place them in the very middle. The first Archer will target the oncoming troops immediately while the second one is walking away. When the opponent’s troops come into range, the second Archer will stop walking and attack them, pull them further.

Decks

Hands down, the Archers can be effectively used in almost any deck. Here are some good ones I have been using at the moment:

  1. Miner, Princess, Log, Rocket, Archers, Tombstone, Mega Minion, Minions
  2. Golem, Baby Dragon, Lightning, Tombstone, Archers, Mega Minion, Log, Arrows
  3. Hog, Archers, Ice Golem, Mega Minions, Fireball, Three Musketeers, Barbarian Hut, Log.

Are you using Archers?

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      • Xx bismuth xX

        Plz don’t spam chat thanks

        • XK Yeoh

          I blocked him

    • Xx bismuth xX

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  • Zigge

    Last comment that start with the letter ”L”

    • Xx bismuth xX

      Last comment that starts with letter L = L+Last!

      • Lightning King

        yo Will, ban this guy named “Zigge” he’s spamminig like sh*t………. jk

        • Will Potter

          haha

          • XK Yeoh

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        • Zigge

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  • Miguel Azuaga

    LOL thats not the last comment staring with the letter “L”

    • XK Yeoh

      Lol.Firt comment to the comment that says *Lol thats not the last comment staring with the letter “L”.

  • Zigge

    yo Will, ban this guy called ”LIN/(88” he’s spamming like sh*t

    • Will Potter

      I removed them all 🙂

      • Zigge

        Thanks thanks <3

      • XK Yeoh

        Will,can I ask you a question?
        Do you work for Orange Juice Gaming?

        • Adam

          Actually if you’ve ever seen cocland I think he works with Ash (or is he Ash? Bum bum BUM…).

          • Will Potter

            Who knows xD xD

          • Adam

            The conspiracy has begun (wait no I was just joking)

          • XK Yeoh

            Ash is ash

          • Adam

            It’s a fake account… I know it…

        • Will Potter

          Nope. Why are you asking this buddy?

          • XK Yeoh

            Because sometimes you post articles and OJ posted that on YT in the same week

          • Will Potter

            Maybe we have the same direction xD

  • Tee Jay

    Will, can you do a sparky or hound deck please. I really want to go above 3300

    • John Smith

      use zap bait
      the guide would have been posted but i don’t know how to put a thumbnail

    • XK Yeoh

      How bout try this deck.
      Lava Hound,Mega Minion,Minions,Baby Dragon,Tombstone/Tesla/Inferno Tower,Zap/The Log,Fireball,Hog Rider

    • Will Potter

      Truly Sparky doesn’t work well with Lava Hound buddy…

  • Zigge

    My deck is Hog Rider, Ice Golem, Ice Spirit, Tombstone, Archers, Princess, Goblins and Zap/The Log (I’m constantly switching between them).

    • John Smith

      i think i can beat that.
      come to clan CDC Castle.
      whatsyour username

      • Zigge

        Mmmm… I rather stay in my clan…

    • XK Yeoh

      Are you using hog Cycle?

      • Zigge

        Yup. I like the fast ones

        • XK Yeoh

          Oh

  • Spectral

    So many grammar errors XD

    • XK Yeoh

      Agreed!

  • Very Unlucky

    Hate it when they arrow or log my archers because of levels

    • XK Yeoh

      Maybe you should try using spear Goblins.

  • Dylan Ennis

    im not sure where to say this but i wana say it quick. literally 5 seconds ago i got to frozen peak and got a ice wiz (YAAAAY) (from a crown chest ;D) what can i replace?
    my deck is
    lava hound
    balloon
    muskee
    gards (for the bloody sparkys)
    mega min
    arrow
    zap
    collector
    i kinda think one of the spells im thinking zap because my arrows can kill princesses and can kill minions and they are a big threat to a lavaloon deck with no air splash the muskee for high damage and great value same with mega and mega goes with the air push.
    will or other vets could you help?

    • John Smith

      k use lava hound. mega minion, minion, tombstone, lightning, arrows, ice wizard/archers, miner or lumberjack or knight.

      • Dylan Ennis

        I have a deck like that. its not working great. the lava loon is going better.

    • XK Yeoh

      Umm…I think you should not use collector as it is high risk that your opponent can make a big push right after you place your collector,making you lose a tower.(If the push is big enough)
      That is why I don’t use collectors now.

      • Dylan Ennis

        never happened before so i feel ok using them and if i dont i cant defend a small push while getting a balloon and mega down

      • Adam

        I have used the pump ever since I first got it (well I mean once I got it to a reasonable level of course) and I cannot remember ever being immediately pushed the moment I place it. Besides, Gobs + Skeletons for the Musket and Cannon for the Giant right? And really if they push the second you’re on low elixir I think when they play the Lava Hound would be a better oppurtunity.

    • Adam

      Hmmm… I would say replace arrows because the Ice Wiz is a 3 elixir splash troop that deals enough damage to take out a Minion Horde with ease so they aren’t all that different. Not the ideal situation but all the other cards are pretty neccassary.

      • Dylan Ennis

        im not using ice wiz offensively my push is loon lh and mega min so i can kill things like muskees and kill princes and hordes

        • Adam

          Still tho I would replace arrows with Ice Wiz. I think that’s still your best option.

    • Mega Yo

      Replace arrows. You’ll need zap to reset infernos. Ice wiz can kill princess and then chip 400 HP on the tower, so it’s better at countering her. Besides, mega minion can kill her most of the time anyway.

  • Gamewarrior

    Too bad my archers are only lvl 7

    • Will Potter

      Upgrading Common to level 9 is not hard. Good luck buddy!

      • Gamewarrior

        it is when you just upgrade your zap to lvl ten

  • XK Yeoh

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    • Francuac

      Congratulations! You wasted a bit of your life

      • XK Yeoh

        Lol

  • -SpeXtrum-

    I have 2.9k trophies i use a https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0e155c0eebc751df678bdf42b285377b4a972c73781bdf204831b538a5edf792.png RG+archers created by me

    Note:i have only 1 legends lol

    • fatbu

      Why aren’t you in Legendary Arena? Your rares and commons are better than mine… and I’m in Legendary with 9/6/3/1.5

      • Adam

        First of all, 9.5/6.5/3/1 is not very different from 9/6/3/1. Second of all, in case you didn’t realize 80% of the people in Royal Arena are later lvl 9s with 9/7/4/1.5. Ok more like 70% are lvl 9and 10% are 10 or 11 and 20% are lvl 8. But Royal Arena is 1000 trophies below Legendary… And finally 2900 is literally 100 trophies away from Legendary Arena. Not very far. Sooo no need to brag they’re still much higher than your average super-new 9.5/6.5/3/1 lvl 10 player.

        • fatbu

          Wow! Thank you for clearing everything up. I never knew about the average card levels and xp levels.

          But how about level 7s? There are plenty of them (though not as much as level 8s, of course) in Royal Arena and Frozen Peak. I’ve even battled a few at 2600.
          Also, even though it is only 100 trophies from 2900 to 3000, it was ridiculously hard bridging that (for me). Everyone there is just so desperate to break 3000 and the play style is rather different from, say, 2600.

          (When I see level 10s, they have something more like 10/8/4/2…)

          • Adam

            No problem! (Me hoping you aren’t be sarcastic)

            Well I’ll admit I’m exactly very good (lvl 8 in arena 7, #blame the lag) but I haven’t seen very many level 7s in Royale Arena. I haven’t played for a while though so it could be different now.

            Yeah, I’ve heard it’s pretty hard. You have a fair point. I would just play then wait 2 hours and play again and basically just hope everyone on at that time is bad xD.

            I agree, most lvl 10s are somewhere around there but this person obviously has lowish level cards for a lvl 10 and you can see they are super new to lvl 10-hood (pro words here) by looking at the top left of their screen.

            P.S.: My numbers obviously aren’t perfect, there will be that 2-6% of players who are level 7, and there are always the 0.4% lvl 1 players, and the lvl 13 trolls, but that’s just a (very) rough estimate. Maybe I should have put an ‘other’ there.

          • fatbu

            Well… i just got to level 10 today so yeah xD (and level 9s still have higher level cards than me, rip)

            The only significant change I see is the other level 10s stop laughing at me when I battle them…

        • Spectral

          Lol, I was a level 7 in Royal Arena

          • Adam

            Yeah, there are lvl 1s in arena 8 (look on TV Royale) but lvl 7 is better than most (obviously).

        • -anime4theiwn-

          where did you get those numbers? i dont think its that amazing the avg. opponent in 3000 for me was a 10/7/3/1 he has 9.5/6.5/3/1 it does sound good but still its nothing to brag about

          • Adam

            No one was bragging, I was just pointing out that it isn’t bad.

      • KekTheTurtle

        3.6k = 3600 is in legend arena…

        • fatbu

          No i was replying to the first commenter
          not the guy above me

      • -SpeXtrum-

        Im in legend now 3.2 k. 2.9k trophies cause my trophies is dropping

        • fatbu

          Good job 😀

    • Saurav Kumar

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/205c97341b492f7a597635888d10338e7a7354c008d6e349d4f6cc352ba3909c.png With this deck i am at 3.6 k trophies. My combo is ice spirit and royal giant with zap in my hand

      • -SpeXtrum-

        Good but weak againts lava lightning

    • -anime4theiwn-

      its not that amazing, i dont wanna sound mean but your card levels are quite standard for 3000 and u use 1 legendary which is also pretty standard (i have all except 2 but i dont use them) btw. im not saying im much better im 3600 with 10/7/4 cards which also isnt a top achievment

      • Adam

        They never exactly did say it’s amazing, but I’ve heard it’s more high lvl 10s (10/8/5/2) around 3k. Also, I’m in Royal (don’t blame me) and I’m already seeing like 3 legendaries every game xD.

        • -anime4theiwn-

          ok thats a lot usually people have around 6-8 legendaries in legendary because of the new drop rates i usually face 1 legendary per match, they are a bit overrated i think

          • Adam

            Yeah, it seems like Royal is when people first start getting a lot of Legendaries and think they’re totally OP but by Legendary Arena they’ve realized that they aren’t actually amazing.

          • -anime4theiwn-

            yeah

      • -SpeXtrum-

        Yes but im in 3.2k now

  • Hamish

    Thanks guys. I have been clueless about the archers when i am using them in my deck. This is going to help me in my deck.

  • Colin in the Wolin

    Will I just want to check on the deck that I posted about a week ago. It is a sparky deck. I can understand if it isn’t good enough or the deck is bad tho.

    • Francuac

      Your decks are not always published. Maybe, with a good deck and a bit of luck, your deck gets published. Dont lose hope, stay determined!

    • Will Potter

      Your deck is great itself but your guide is not good enough. I am so sorry Colin. I hope you understand this 🙁

  • -anime4theiwn-

    A good deck for getting 3600 is golem-lightning-collector-mega minion-valk-musketeer-zap- ice spirit

    cards should be about 10/7/4 with obv yourslef being 10

    • Tyrant

      Not related to the post, but does sound like a good deck.

    • Will Potter

      Thanks for sharing the deck buddy 🙂

      • -anime4theiwn-

        no problem

  • Springa15
    • DaSlime

      NICE

    • Will Potter

      Nah nice! I will try to use it! Thank you very much and congrats man!

  • Ryan Wong

    One thought on the Spear gobs vs Legendary vs Archers debate is that those three cards have completely different roles. Spear goblins is a cycle card or distraction, NOT A SUPPORT CARD, Archers is just plain support, and the legendary could be anything from Lava Hound to Log. So the comparison is alike to asking someone “Lightning or Furnace”

    • Felix Ma

      Hog Spear Goblins: Pig Push
      Will meant the Ice Wizard or Princess.

    • Will Potter

      Lightning and Furnace are totally different. Hands down you can use Archers instead of Spear Goblins in tons of decks. Both are useful at defending and luring troops.

    • Zigge

      I like to use Archers as a distraction and to defend double lane pushes as in picture 1.

  • Cole Mcdonald

    What do you think about my deck, and should I stuff Archers in there. Hogrider, ice wizard, goblin barrel, zap, minion hord, barbarians, skeleton army, and inferno tower. It’s a chip damage build with ice wizard to help with mini rushes using either barbarians or hogrider

    • Zigge

      Maybe switch out 2 of Barbarians for Spear Goblins as you already have a very defensive deck. Spear Goblins will also bait a Zap.